India-ICIMOD Week 2015 - Partnership for Sustainable Mountain Development

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Speech by Minister Javadekar on the C+C launch.

Background 

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan and established in Nepal in the year 1983. Globalization and climate change have an increasing influence on the stability of fragile mountain ecosystems and the livelihoods of mountain people. ICIMOD aims to assist mountain people to understand these changes, adapt to them, and make the most of new opportunities, while addressing upstream-downstream issues. The Centre supports regional transboundary programmes through partnerships with regional partner institutions, facilitates the exchange of experiences, and serves as a regional knowledge hub. ICIMOD strengthens networking among regional and global centres of excellence. Overall, as an inter-governmental organization ICIMOD works to develop an economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem to improve the living standards of mountain populations and to sustain vital ecosystem services for the billions of people living downstream – now, and for the future.

ICIMOD aims to deliver impacts through its six Regional Programmes with a wide variety of partnerships with various national institutions. Knowledge Management and Communication (KMC) underpins all of our programmes and themes for effective outreach and communications. The thematic areas of Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions works to advance science quality with cross-cutting strategic institutional functions on gender, governance and socio-economic analysis. The Regional Programmes houses different initiatives which are implementing various programmes together with partners in India. 

India is a founding member of ICIMOD, along with seven other member states. India contributes to core support to ICIMOD.  The Ministry of Forest and Environment is the nodal ministry for ICIMOD in India. The GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED), under Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) is the focal institution and serves as the lead institution for the facilitation and coordination of ICIMOD’s activities in India. The incumbent Secretary of MoEF&CC formally represents in the ICIMOD Board of Governors. 

ICIMOD is working together with partners in India in the areas of sustainable mountain development aligning with the priorities of the Government of India. ICIMOD’s partner institutes in India include government agencies, development organisations, research and academic institutions, NGOs, and the private sector. To date, ICIMOD has more than 10 Strategic and Policy partners in India and about 40 Implementation partners with whom ICIMOD works together to achieve its objectives.

India-ICIMOD Week 2015
Partnership for Sustainable Mountain Development

Coinciding with the International Mountain Day 2015 the MOEF&CC and ICIMOD is organizing the India-ICIMOD Week - Partnership for Sustainable Mountain Development from 11th-15th December at the MoEF&CC, Indira Paryavaran Bhavan, Jor Bagh Road, New Delhi. The program will comprise of several activities which include showcasing of ICIMOD’s engagement in India through partnerships, explore and seek convergence with ongoing national programs, soft launch of Climate + Change exhibition and display of the diversity of Mountain Products from the mountain states of India. 

The programme is designed to allow ICIMOD’s engagement in India by better profiling of partners work, opportunity for networking with range of stakeholders, including private sector and policy makers. It also provides opportunity of convergence with national programs and its missions as well as policy dialogue around key issues. The entire programme takes shape to celebrate the International Mountain Day 2015 on 11th December and concludes on 15th December in the presence of Hon’ble Minister of MoEF&CC and other senior officials of MoEF&CC and related ministries.

Objectives

The India-ICIMOD Week 2015 - Partnership for Sustainable Mountain Development is being organized with five main objectives as below. 

  • To provide a platform for mutual learning, sharing, and networking opportunities among the national partners and to strengthen ICIMOD’s engagement in India for joint programme development and synergy aligning with national priorities;
  • To launch the Climate + Change Exhibition – Climate+Change Indian Himalayan Region: Our Mountains, Our Future is an innovative, open-ended initiative to foster a Climate Smart Community throughout the Indian Himalayan region and beyond;
  • To strengthen ICIMOD’s engagement and enhance partnerships with the joint efforts of ICIMOD’s partners in India by organizing Regional Programme-specific technical sessions and interactive display of ICIMOD’s partner’s activities in the Partners’ Pavilion;
  • To provide an unique opportunity to showcase the Mountain Products of the ICIMOD partner’s as well as from organisations of the mountain states of India;
  • To explore and seek convergence with ongoing national programs and opportunities for engagement with policy uptake.

Target Audience

The target audience includes ICIMOD’s current and potential partner institutions in India, government agencies, academic and research institutions, international development organisations, local NGO partners and community organisations, diplomats, representatives of the private sector and students of schools and colleges.

Venue

Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Indira Paryavaran Bhavan (IPB), Jor Bagh Road, New Delhi.